Tom Swarbrick's Reality Check For Both Brexiteers And Remainers On EU

27 July 2018, 11:15

Theresa May's former advisor gave a reality check to both Brexiteers and Remainers on how the UK's negotiations to leave the EU will pan out.

Tom joined LBC from 10 Downing Street and warned commentators to stop simplifying what is a very complex process.

Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "I know it can't be put on to the side of a bus, but the way our exiting the European Union is happening is through 'Incremental Divergence'.

"It's not the sexiest phrase. I know you're not going to get people singing it on stage at Glastonbury. 'Oh Incremental Di-ver-gence'.

"This is technical and this is difficult.

Tom Swarbrick in the LBC studio
Tom Swarbrick in the LBC studio. Picture: LBC

"If parliament is able to choose ultimately what regulations we have, what regulations we don't have and accept the consequences of doing that.

"So if we change our regulations on car manufacturing or plug sockets, we're not going to have access to European markets, but we might be able to get better access into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

"That is the basis that you have those negotiations and have those discussions about it, understanding there are consequences and taking time over it.

"It's not going to happen immediately, so all the people suggesting that Brexit has been betrayed because the original proposal on what Brexit might look like isn't the one they thought was going to happen... you can get to that point if you have the parliamentary will, understand the consequences of the decisions that you take and then get it through parliament.

"It is called Incremental Divergence. Stick that on the side of a bus."

More Tom Swarbrick

See more More Tom Swarbrick

Lord Harrington said there should be a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes.

Former refugees minister Lord Harrington calls for a cap on the number of asylum seekers the UK takes

Mel Stride has backed the PM

Rishi Sunak has 'absolutely not' betrayed nation over Rwanda plan, insists minister after Braverman's attack on PM

Tom and caller

'Our family is there': Mother shares heartbreaking experience of being a British Jew during Israel-Hamas conflict

The ban will be brought into effect in months

'Children should be in the classroom to learn': Gillian Keegan orders 'blanket ban' of mobile phones in schools

Tributes have been paid to Elianne after she was stabbed to death in Croydon

Fellow pupil of schoolgirl stabbed to death in Croydon describes heartbreaking moment students were told of her killing

Scotland's first safe drug consumption space set to be openned

'Isn't this just decriminalising heroin?': Tom Swarbrick questions Labour MSP over first safe drug consumption room

The education secretary discusses educational reforms with Tom Swarbrick

Shadow education secretary says 'Building Schools for the Future Programme' would have prevented Raac crisis

Tom Swabrick

'Is it not completely mental?': Tom Swarbrick astonished as schools shut due to crumble-risk concrete before new term

Exam results

Equation sheets given to GCSE cohort in attempt lessen reduced grade inflation blow, schools minister says

Crime commentator on Adam Provan

Internal review of rapist ex-Met officer is the equivalent of 'marking your own homework', says crime commentator

Education Secretary discuss new Eton free schools on LBC

‘Bailed out by Eton’: Education Secretary discusses new free schools with Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Lucy Letby: We have to know what went so 'catastrophically wrong' says Tom Swarbrick

Lord Edward Garnier has called for a public inquiry into Andrew Malkinson's case

Top lawyer blasts Andrew Malkinson rape case as the 'worst miscarriage of justice of the 21st century'

Suella Barge

Suella Braverman can't be blamed for housing migrants on barge with Legionella, ConservativeHome editor says

Tom Swarbrick on mortgages

It would be 'manifestly unfair' to use taxpayers' money to subsidise mortgages, Tom Swarbrick says

Tom Swarbrick

'It's a case of Ulez you lose', Tom Swarbrick tells Tory chairman as Conservatives retain Uxbridge seat